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Wyvern [Kindle Edition]

A. A. Attanasio , Jeff Bigman
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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A bold escapade with a young soul-catcher from Borneo kidnapped by pirates in 1609.

Headhunters, sorcerers, pirates and Indian princes thrive in this adventurous, poetic tale of a young outcast in Borneo. Born in 1609, son of a native woman and a Dutch sea captain he never knew, Jaki Gefjon grows up in the jungle as a sorcerer's apprentice. Later kidnapped by pirates, he befriends his captor, Trevor Pym, notorious for his dreaded man-of-war, Wyvern. The scientific marvels on the European privateer become the young soul-catcher’s passion—until he falls for Lucinda, the headstrong daughter of Pym's sworn enemy. Propelled by intrigue, pirates' battles, curses and visions, this seafaring saga takes Lucinda and Jaki from the South Seas to India—and to a bold, unforeseen destiny in the New World.

About the Author

A. A. Attanasio writes his fiction inside a volcano. The twenty-two novels and two short story collections he has published were all composed in Koko Crater, a dormant cinder cone near his home on the outskirts of Honolulu, Hawai’i.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1777 KB
  • Print Length: 585 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: A. A. Attanasio; 2 edition (24 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A novelist obsessed with the power of fiction to impart strangeness, hermetic wisdom and, above all, wonder, I've published 22 novels and two short story collections. I love fantasy fiction. I love the courage of the human spirit to invest with real emotion experiences we know are entirely imaginary. And I love all of what 'fantasy' means to poetic thinkers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Borneo sorcerer in colonial times 11 May 2013
By ChristophFischerBooks TOP 500 REVIEWER
"Wyvern" is an amazing blend of historical fiction with some elements of the fantasy genre.
Starting in Borneo in the 17th Century, a time when European colonisation has only just taken foot in Asia, the Spanish and the Dutch wars cast their shadow over the area and British and Pirate ships are making the seas a dangerous place.
In the middle of all this are the tribes of Borneo and their own struggles with each other and the intruders. Attracted by alcohol and other imports trade is booming and affecting the standards of life.
In an attempt to secure his leadership over other tribes Batuh allows his wife to seduce a Dutchman to gain advantage and Jaki/ Batu is born out of this unlikely Union. Batuh owes a life to sorcerer Jabalwa who claims Jaki/ Batu and has him work for him as soul catcher.
Growing up with sorcery and traditional tribal customs and healing Jaki comes of age in the volatile world, becomes a sorcerer himself and carries on in the epic journey that is his life; meeting his new Duitch 'father', leading him to love and further travels.

This book seems immaculately researched, a labour of love and written wonderfully with care, thought and attention to detail. For my personal liking the amount of detail and description got at few occasions in the way of the flow, but maybe I am just an impatient reader. (I have said the same about C.J.Sansom, so A. A. Attanasio is in good company). I certainly feel I learned a lot of history and was reminded of aspects of colonial and 17th century history that I had forgotten, which made this a very enjoyable and engaging read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Epic 5 May 2013
By MarkOne
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At less than £2 this book is an absolute bargain.

Written about 25 years ago and difficult to find in hard copy, this is a true epic. It ranges from the primitive jungle tribes of Borneo, through Dutch colonialism in the East, the Moghul empire of the sub-continent to the early days of Central and North America. Along the way it includes piracy, love, hate, jealousy, redemption and mysticism.

The language is a delight - always thoughtful and rich, but never getting in the way of the story.

The tone is descriptive and reflective. The author avoids the usual cliches of judging the behaviour of historical figures by modern moral standards. He just lays out the facts and the characters' motivations.

I really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars epic saga 28 Dec 2012
By zaph
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Almost worth buying the kindle for this book alone.

It is a epic masterpiece, a book which i have read and re-read many times over the years.

long since out of print, and now available at a unbelievable price on the kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book 12 Dec 2012
By o1373k
I don't often review things, but at under £2.00 this is an absolute steal - this is a great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous adventure! 24 Dec 2005
By finna
An incredible epic adventure, involving cultural clash, piracy and buccaneering, mysticism and fantastic journeys into the psyche. Words are hard to find to descibe this book adequately. Undoubtedly one of the greatest adventures ever written with a horde of brilliant and fascinating characters, locations and storylines to enhance the novel's beautiful complexities. It's a crime that this book is out of print, someone should really sort that out!
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